jamie goode's wine blog: Print versus online, and Argentina

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Print versus online, and Argentina

Journalism: print versus online? Both are useful. I don't take a newspaper regularly, with the notable exception of the Sunday Express, which we purchase religiously from the same newsagent each week, along with a bag of sweets (maximum value 50 p) for each of the boys (they get to choose). If I do, I tend to rotate between the usual suspects: The Guardian, The Independent, The Daily Telegraph. Three very different papers, but all usually containing some very good journalism. Yes, there's a political slant with each paper, but party politics is something we try to shed as we grow up.

My confession is, however, that I'm one of those sad individuals who reads newspapers the wrong way: I start with the sport. It's almost instinctive for me to flip a paper over and begin at the end. Most of the sports journalism I read is online at the BBC news site, and I've been impressed by the quality of it. Take this report on the Open golf, for example. It's written in that tight, two sentence paragraph online style, but it's a good piece. And I also admit to enjoying the BBC ball-by-ball commentaries on the test by Ben Dirs and Tom Fordyce, which are thoroughly entertaining.

Tonight's wine focus is on Argentinean Malbec. I'm writing up my notes from a mega-tasting of 50 different examples. But I've also tasted two inexpensive-yet-good Malbecs, one from Catena's Argento brand, and one from Finca Flichman. I rated both similarly, but stylistically prefer the Flichman because it's more food compatible. Both are very good value.

Argento Malbec 2006 Mendoza
This spends 3 months in a mix of French and American oak. Deep coloured, it has sweet, assertive, slightly jammy raspberry and blackberry fruit on the nose. The palate shows full, pure, rather jammy red and black fruits with a rich texture. There's a spicy undercurrent to this well made, more-ish wine. Is there a bit of residual sugar here? 86/100 (£5.99 Majestic, but £3.99 if you buy two; £5.99 Tesco, Sainsbury)

Finca Flichman Mysterio Malbec 2006
Deep, spicy, plummy dark fruits on the nose. Sweet, but with a savoury twist. The palate has a good concentration of ripe dark fruits with some chocolatey richness and a savoury, spicy character from the oak. It's a substantial wine, and offers more than you've any right to expect at this price. The plummy, savoury bitterness is almost Italian in style and makes it food friendly. 86/100 (£4.99 Co-op, Sainsbury)

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At 10:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Re. Cullen Magnan. A wonderful wine but many, many bottles with some sort of taint, a prickle. I emailed Cullen with a note and received no response. Also have found the much lauded Cab/Merlot gets simple with age.

At 8:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why the Sunday Express?
Is it just to see how the journos there have ripped apart your copy each week?
Do they change it much?

At 5:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


As a regular reader of the FT, Times, Telegraph and Guardian (dailies, Saturdays and Sundays) really its no contest. The FT stands alone among all of these for quality. OK so you have to ignore quite a lot of financial coverage you may not be interested in but the rest is top notch, particularly a the weekend.

At 9:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Iím surprised that you, a man who blogs daily online, buy a paper copy of any newspaper.

Iíve gone from being an avid reader of the printed qualities to a five a day man online. I donít spend any more time; I just read more selectively. This has broadened my views considerably.

The other advantages of online reading are: Its free, green (no carbon footprint left by publisher or reader), interactive (with its opportunities for instantaneous reader comments and inter-reader discussions) and you can readily access back copies.

Malcolm Williamson


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